The year 2020 has officially come to an end and 2021 is upon us. For many, this represents a fresh start, and an opportunity to move past the events of the year before. However, unfortunately, there are some things that continue into 2021. There is no denying that the Coronavirus pandemic has caused a seismic shift in the ways that businesses can operate across the globe, and with the era of the distributed workforce upon us much sooner than we expected, the effects will no doubt continue across 2021. So, what can we expect to see within a work environment this year? How can we prepare? In this article, the team at Sussex Facilities Management have compiled a list of what office trends we predict to see trending in 2021.
It goes without saying that remote working will remain a staple of business operations across at least some of 2021. Whilst many businesses were forced into it during the early stages of the pandemic, many have grown accustomed to working from home and found that they can operate just as efficiently as within a physical office. Some have even let go of previous office spaces to save on bills and sold now-redundant equipment.
We can only assume, therefore, that it is likely many businesses will continue this way, with a permanently distributed workforce. If so, you still need to make sure that your employees are working in safe conditions and conduct regular PAT testing where you can. There can also be various benefits to providing your workforce with ergonomic furniture whilst they’re working from home. For example, an Eames style office chair, or even an adjustable sit stand desk can both help increase productivity. If you require assistance with this, contact us today on 01444 812 171.
If you intend on returning to the traditional office setup permanently, once restrictions have been lifted, you should consider investing in resources and equipment that allow for flexible working. The events of 2020 have allowed employees to experiment with different ways of working, and each will have their preference. You may even find that they vary quite a bit.
Therefore, we expect many offices will be establishing an office layout that caters to all tastes, with open-plan areas full of natural light for activity-based tasks, collaboration or even hot-desking, and segregated private meeting rooms for independent working and confidential activities. At SFM, we can help with this. In partnership with Sussex & Surrey Partitioning, we can install partitioning within your office and even undertake full refurbishments and fit-outs. For more details call 01444 812 171.
Workspace as a Marketing Tool
It is becoming more and more common to see workplace design used as a marketing tool in itself, and it is quickly becoming one of the biggest office trends. Perhaps this is unsurprising when we consider that many employees think their office environment to be as valuable as their salary, so it can be beneficial in recruitment when trying to attract and retain employees.
Not only that, but office interiors can also help boost brand image and suggest a professional approach. Whilst some larger businesses feature ‘time-out’ zones, or roof-top bars with sparkling water taps, there are some minor adjustments you can make as a starting point. For example, keeping your office decluttered and clean, with cables hidden and desks clear. Fortunately, Sussex Facilities Management can help with this. For more information, or if you’d like to know more about office trends this year, call 01444 812 171.